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Ignaz Semmelweis

Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis was a Hungarian physician of ethnic-German ancestry, now known as an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures. Described as the "saviour of mothers", Semmelweis discovered that the incidence of puerperal fever could be drastically cut by the use of hand disinfection in obstetrical clinics. Puerperal fever was common in mid-19th-century hospitals and often fatal. Semmelweis proposed the practice of washing hands with chlorinated lime solutions... Read More

BornSemmelweis Ignác Fülöp
July 1, 1818
Buda, Kingdom of Hungary (now part of Budapest, Hungary)
DiedAugust 13, 1865 (aged 47)
Oberdöbling, Austrian Empire (today part of Vienna, Austria)
FieldsObstetrics, surgeries
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